DEARBORN, MI – Artists from the Bellini Opera Theatre will present a lecture and concert commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in the Henry Ford Centennial Library Auditorium on Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.
The one-hour presentation will include performances by Kim Swan, soprano, and Dino Valle, baritone, accompanied by pianist Martin Mandelbaum.
Featured will be songs written by Stephen Collins Foster, Daniel Decatur Emmett, Julia Ward Howe, James Allen Bland, Katharine Lee Bates and Samuel A. Ward.
The presentation is free of charge and sponsored by the Friends of the Library-Dearborn (FOLD).
Bellini Opera was founded by opera enthusiast Roslino Lo Duca, a native of Cinisi in the province of Palermo, out of his deep love for the Sicilian customs and language and his passion for music of Vincenzo Bellini.
Co-founder Dino Valle hopes to foster the enjoyment of operatic music for today’s audience through a series of concerts, recitals, lectures and other out-reach programs in Michigan and Florida.
In addition to the October concert, the Theatre will present From Bellini to Puccini, Discovering Italian Opera, on Thursday, November 17 at 7 p.m. and The Spirit of Christmas on Thursday, December 15 at 7 p.m.
The Henry Ford Centennial Library is at 16301 Michigan Avenue. For more information, call 313.943.2330.